Hopes that the library, which stands on a raised plinth, and the site beneath it would be spared rose briefly last year when Saudi Arabia's royal family backed off earlier plans to replace it, either with a sprawling metro rail station to drop off pilgrims or an enormous new library dedicated to King Abdul Aziz, founder of the modern kingdom.
To further the analogy: Monticello is worth keeping around because it's architecturally significant. If Thomas Jefferson had somehow lived in a post-war ranch in a subdivision, I'd be all for tearing that sucker down.
It's the equivalent of destroying every site mentioned in the New Testament and paving it over so that no one could ever go to the actual locations where any of the events happened, leaving them as almost fictional places that modern day teachers could claim anything about they wanted.
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